MILITARY CONNECTIONS WAS STARTED AS WAY TO ENSURE THAT OUR TROOPS HAVE THE SUPPLIES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED WHILE DEPLOYED. EVERY BOX THAT GOES OVER TO THE TROOPS IS APPRECIATED. EVERY PENNY COUNTS.THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Military Connections Christmas Ornament
$15.00–Comes in Red Gift Box
If you would like it shipped please include $2.00 for shipping/ handling.
Proceeds Benefit Care Package Program
Military Connections Christmas Eve Raffle
Win $500 to Make Your Christmas Bright!
As the clock strikes 7pm on Christmas Eve in the United States the Troops will be heading to work on Christmas Day in Afghanistan
Winner Based off of 3 Digit 7PM PA Lottery Number on December 24th
Proceeds Benefit Military Connections Care Package Program
Contact [email protected] to purchase tickets or mail $2.00 per ticket to Military Connections, 312 Auburn Street, PGH, PA 15235
Only 1000 Tickets Sold!
2016 Christmas Stocking Project
It’s Christmas in Afghanistan & Iraq! We are kicking off our Christmas Stocking Campaign and need your support to ship thousands of Christmas Stockings to the troops overseas. Being away from home for the holidays is very difficult for our Troops and we hope that the stockings will be a great morale booster.
If you would like to sponsor a Service Member please send $10.00 to Military Connections Corporation. Your ten dollars will cover the cost and contents of the stockings. You can also include a note or picture and we will put it in the stocking. In order to make sure that the stockings reach the troops by Christmas, we need all monetary donations by December 5th.
If you would like to stuff your own Stockings please contact us for guidelines & details at [email protected] All donations are tax-deductible.
Christmas Care Packages
Want to Support Our Troops this Holiday Season and Missed the Christmas Stocking Deadline? We will be shipping additional Christmas Care Packages just in time for Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Deadline to Donate for the final 2016 Holiday Shipment is December 16th. You can pack your own care package or donate the supplies for the shipment. Donations for this particular project have to be dropped off at Military Connections~312 Auburn Street~ Pittsburgh, PA 15235 to ensure the supplies arrive in time for the Holidays.
The Troops’ Favorites:
Candy Canes~ Christmas Candy~ Tuna Packets~ 5 Hour Energy Drinks~ Slim Jims/ Beef Jerky~ Canned Fruit with Pop Top Lids~ Granola Bars~ Energy Bars~ Chocolate Candy Bars~ Pop-Tarts~ Men’s Non Gel Deodorant~ Ground Coffee~ Peanuts~ Signed Christmas Cards or Letters
Christmas Cards for Troops
I love the everyone is thinking about Christmas Cards for the Troops! Christmas Cards bring a touch of home to those serving our wounded.
Just a Reminder–There are several posts that circulate this time of year encouraging you to send Christmas Cards to Wounded Service Members at Walter Reed. The post is several years old and not accurate. If you mail cards to the address on the post they will be returned to you because all Military Mail must have a specific Service Member’s name on it. The second reason that your card will be returned to you is that Walter Reed Medical Center closed a few years ago.
If you would like to send Christmas Cards to the Wounded or to Service Members overseas you can send cards to:
312 Auburn Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
All Cards must reach us by December 5th. Please designate if you would like your card sent to a Wounded Service Member or a Service Member Overseas.
Spread the Word! We want your Christmas Greetings to make it to the Troops!
Help the Troops keep warm this winter season. In addition to our normal care packages we will also ship winter survival packs. There is a great need for the following items:
Hot Chocolate Packets, Hand Warmers, Foot Warmers, Chapstick, White or Black Crew Socks, Ziploc Storage Bags (Gallon Size)
Help Fill The Shelves
The Food & Snack Shelves are Empty! Help us continue to Ship Care Packages to Deployed Troops.
Pick up a few Food or Snack Supplies at the store or organize a Troop Drive with your company, neighbors, school, or church.
Adopt a Care Package
Military Connections is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to Service Members stationed overseas. Over 2000 troops are on our mailing list and we need your support! You can adopt a package to be sent to one of our men or women for a donation of $10.00. Simply fill out the bottom of the form and return it along with your donation to Military Connections.
Your donation enables our organization to fill a care package with food, snacks, and healthcare supplies. A note will be included in your package to let your Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airman know that you adopted their package. Care Packages are a great morale booster for the troops!
Return This Form and Donation to:
312 Auburn Street
PGH, PA 15235 USA
2/4 Marines Iraq 2004
Summer Tissue, Founder Military Connections, started shipping care packages because of her brother and the Marines of the 2/4. While overseas in 2004 they had minimal supplies and reached out to Summer for aid. Below is a video they shared with Military Connections upon their return.
The following video contains language and content not approved for all audiences.
Parental guidance suggested
KDKA NewsRadio 1020AM Names Summer Tissue Hometown Hero
On March 7th, 2013 Summer Tissue received a KDKA NewsRadio 1020 Hometown Heroes Award. Surrounded by a cheering section of family and friends Summer accepted the award and shared her story with the attendees, many of whom were Wounded Warriors. Summer Tissue started Military Connections ten years ago because her brothers€™s unit was stationed in Iraq and was in desperate need of supplies. Military Connections ships about 600 boxes a month to the troops in Afghanistan and surrounding regions. To learn more about Military Connections and how you can support our troops overseas visit www.militaryconnections.org.
Excerpt from Hometown Hero Acceptance Speech:
“Growing up my brother and I would fight and my mom would tell us that we shouldn’t fight because one day we would not be together and should love each other while we have the chance. Of course we would always roll our eyes and shake our heads, but 21 years later I realized what she meant. The first time I drove my brother to the airport I sat and cried in the parking lot for an hour. When you put a loved one a plane headed for Iraq it’s hard to say goodbye. I was not sure how I was going to make it through his first deployment, but lucky for me there wasn’t too much down time before he called with what turned out to be my ten year mission.
I didn’t start shipping care packages because I wanted to run a non-profit, or make a difference, or change the way troops lived, I did what any other sister would do. I tried to make my brother and the Marines of the 2/4 know that there were people back home supporting them. I didn’t want them to go without things such as toilet paper or Tylenol.
It’s been ten years since I shipped my first care package, but I always tell people that once you ship one box, it’s hard not to ship another. I have shipped over 1 million care packages to the troops overseas. My basement is filled with supplies, my truck is never filled with fuel, my door is always blocked with boxes, my phone never stops ringing, but when I receive a letter from one of my soldiers or Marines it reminds why I do this. These are my boys. I have watched them grow, marry, have children, and change the world. If one simple box filled with candy and everyone’s favorite beef jerky can make a difference to them then at the end of the day nothing else matters.” – Summer Tissue
Guidelines for Holiday Cards/ Troop Support Letters
Cards/ Letters can be Generic or if you are including a Note you can use “Dear Soldier” or “Dear Marine”
Cards/Letters should not exceed 8” x 11” in size
Cards/Letters cannot contain any political or anti-Troop sentiments
We accept unused greeting cards year round
You can include a return address if you want
Deadlines for Holidays/ Letters
In Order to ship the Cards in time for the Holidays please deliver cards/ letters by the dates listed below.
Valentine’s Day—February 1st
Easter—3 Weeks Prior to Holiday (Date Changes each Year)
Fourth of July—June 22nd
Veteran’s Day—November 1st
Halloween— October 19th
New Year’s Day—December 5th
Frequent Flier Miles
Do you have frequent flier miles that you aren’t going to use or are about to expire? Fisher House, which serves our wounded military and their families, needs frequent flier miles. Your donation will help wounded soldiers and marines in Afghanistan to fly home after their treatment or will help their families fly to visit them. If you want to donate go to www.fisherhouse.org and click on “hero miles.”
TROOP THANK YOU NOTES
Wow! We are overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you so much for the stockings we are having a great time distributing them. They are really helping to brighten the holidays for some men and women who have been working very hard over here. It is hard to imagine it is the holidays when you are in the desert and it is still in the 90’s, so these little touches really help remind the service members that it is Christmas. It also shows them that they aren’t forgotten which is especially important this time of year.
Thanks for your support! We really do appreciate it.
379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron
Thank you so much for everything that you and Military Connections do. Our Squadron has received the care packages that you have been sending and can’t thank you enough. Once we received the initial group of packages I thought that would be all and have been pleasantly surprised that the packages have continued to come. I assure you that everything you have sent has been put to good use and has helped the Airmen and Marines of this Squadron. Please continue doing what you are doing and extend my thanks out to the many people and organizations that have helped in your efforts!
– Travis D.
IN JULY OF 2013 WE CELEBRATED OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY AS AN ORGANIZATION! I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HAS MADE THAT POSSIBLE. OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS WE HAVE MAILED OVER 2 MILLION BOXES TO DEPLOYED MEN AND WOMEN AND WE AREN’T CLOSE TO BEING DONE!
THE TROOPS REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO FOR THEM. I HAVE RECEIVED EMAILS AND THANK YOU NOTES FROM THE TROOPS EXPRESSING HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO THEM TO KNOW THAT WE SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE NOTES WE RECEIVED:
Thanks so much for the boxes of Girl Scout cookies and other food items! It was much appreciated. I can’t tell you how quickly I was jumped when I was putting the food out for everyone to take their favorites. It was actually quite entertaining. There is a lack of the “finer” foods at this new location and every little bit of home is appreciated.
Thanks again for the food packages. I know everyone here is very appreciative of your support.
I hope all is well with you.
Hi Military Connections!
I got the stockings tonight, and WOW! I couldn’t believe how many were in there, so I passed them out on each of the desks in my section and the next several adjacent sections last night. I did this while they were out, so they’d have a nice surprise waiting for them when they got in this morning. Everyone was shocked and thoroughly enjoyed them. I took one myself, as well, and it’s here in my room with me. Please send my thanks and thanks from everyone here to all the people involved in making and sending them. They were a nice lift to everyone’s spirit here.
Summer, thank you very much for the cute stockings! They were very much appreciated and made us all feel a part of the holiday celebrations that we would usually have at home. The stockings are hanging in our little mud hut rooms! Thank you very much for the support you’ve given all of us while in country. It’s nice to know people haven’t forgotten about us 🙂 I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch more – I’m in a remote location to say the least and don’t have very good internet access. All you do for us is a treat and we are thankful for your support!
–Maj Amanda C.
We just received your gifts today. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you (Santa), and all your elves, for your tremendous support. The gifts you provided are greatly appreciated. May your holidays be filled with joy, happiness and prosperity through the New Year; and may our Father in Heaven continue guiding your way!
–Lawrence E. DAC
Dear Military Connections
We have received a box with full of candy and snack on 19 March.
As always, our soldiers are very grateful and motivated by your love and support, because this not just a piece of candy or a chocolate.
I can guarantee for that.
Thank you and God Bless the MC troops,
SPC Soe, Pyai
US Army Chaplain Assistant
HHB 1-82 FA
Camp Buehring, Kuwait
Hello Summer and Military Connections!!!
I want to thank you so very much for everything you have sent me through out my deployment, it not only made my day, but also the others that i work with that never got anything. I especially enjoyed all of the easter candy that you sent me. I got to hand a lot of that out to everyone to uplift their spirits would you say. Anything and everything that yo sent me from toothpaste and toothbrushes, to all the soup and candy really helped me and the others. I want to extend my hand and thank you from the bottom of my heart not only from me, but from everyone else i work with. It means a lot when you recieve things from others. It feels good to know that their are others who were thinking about you and what you are doing. Honestly, I could’t thank you enough. So, thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
Tony Gyke and the rest of the engineering crew of USS Harpers Ferry LSD 49
As the 1SG for the 703 EOD the support we have received through Military Connections has been invaluable. This is the first deployment for half of my Company and the support and love we have felt has made a lasting impression on all of my Soldiers and has been truly been over whelming. As for many of my NCO who have been with me through other deployments the generosity we have received has set a precedence we have not experienced before. I can not say enough about how much the gifts you have donated mean to those of us downrange.
1SG John Treida
On September 11th volunteers from Military Connections unloaded a huge box truck filled with supplies and care packages from Luzerne County in Pennsylvania. This is a note from one of the soldiers that received a box from the truck.
I’d like to thank all of you for the tremendous amount of support. We have received all the boxes, 14 I believe, and passed them out to the soldiers. They all extend their thanks and wish all a happy holiday season. It’s a great feeling knowing that people back home, even those who we don’t know, care and support us. The soldiers definitely appreciate the time and effort that you all have donated to make our lives a little better. It raises the morale of us all, especially the young soldiers who have never been away from home. We have been working hard here for the past 14 months and are nearing the end of our tour. Since we got here, we have made huge gains in securing the area and rebuilding the local infrastructure. We are down to almost zero attacks and the local population is starting to feel safe outside their homes. They have started to work with us to rid the area of insurgents which has also started to produce more jobs. Well again I’d like to thank everyone for their support and hard work, it definitely makes a difference. -Joe Parsons
TO ALL THAT PACKED THE BOXES
I want to take this moment out of my day and send you this short e-mail and THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart for all that you have sent to the soldiers of my unit. We received all 7 Large boxes this past weekend, and i have been passing out the stockings everyday to my soldiers. It will take about 1 week, since my soldiers work all over this base and work all different shift. I know that it takes a lot of time and money to put theses stockings together, and me and the Company Commander will be sending you a little something to cover that. I am from your area, and have several soldiers in my unit that are from the same area. The unit is from the Wilkes-Barre area, and we will be back in states around July-August time frame. Thank you again for all your support, and me and the rest of the soldiers of the HHC 320th MP BN wish your families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Frank Lewis